10 thoughts on “Nothing like a little lighthearted reading

  1. Meanwhile says:

    “North Korea will join Olympics, military talks planned, another hotline between countries restored” (Korea JoongAng Daily 1/9/18) http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=3043135 “Seoul and Pyongyang agreed Tuesday night to hold working-level meetings in the near future to discuss North Korea’s participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next month, boost inter-Korean cooperation in various fields, have military officials meet to diffuse tension on the Korean Peninsula, solve bilateral issues among themselves without relying on outside forces — and continue to hold high-level talks.”

  2. CRM 114 says:

    “Members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet are weighing whether the U.S. should respond to future North Korean missile and nuclear tests with a targeted first strike on one of the regime’s facilities.” (Newsweek Jan 9, 2017) “Inside the White House, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis are advocating a diplomatic solution, but national security adviser H.R. McMaster is pushing for military options that would show the regime the consequences of its actions, according to officials that spoke with The Wall Street Journal on Monday.”
    Meanwhile: “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the federal agency that typically warns you about food poisoning or the flu season — said it will hold a public briefing on Jan. 16 on what to do to survive the blast from a nuclear weapon. “While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps,” the new CDC statement reads. “Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness.” http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/the-conversation/sd-how-to-survive-a-nuclear-blast-per-cdc-20180105-htmlstory.html

  3. Elmer says:

    North Korea praises ‘Fire and Fury’ book for foretelling ‘Trump’s political demise’ (USA Today Jan 11) https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2018/01/11/north-korea-praises-fire-and-fury-book-foretelling-trumps-political-demise/1023655001/ North Korea’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary that robust sales for the book reflected “rapidly surging anti-Trump sentiments in the international community.” The paper added that the “anti-Trump book is sweeping all over the world so Trump is being massively humiliated worldwide” and that “voices calling for the impeachment of Trump are on the rise not only in the United States but also abroad.” Since the book was published about a week ago, it added, Fire and Fury “has triggered a debate on whether Trump is qualified to be president, even in Western Europe.”

  4. Laugh Riot says:

    “Some people in Hawaii received a rude awakening Saturday morning. At approximately 8:08 a.m. local time, residents received an alert on their phones about a ballistic missile threat. The alert message urged residents to seek immediate shelter and stated that it was not a drill.” http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/national/missile-threat-alert-hawaii-false-alarm-rattles-nerves/Bh0yGwSrDgrbEfxBdAuISN/
    Civilian Defense instructions http://www.dpvintageposters.com/cgi-local/db_images/posters/cache/2469-image-450-550-fit.jpg?Yhw2e57C

  5. Klaus says:

    Did the U.S. underestimate North Korea’s weapons program? It’s not that simple. Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/01/16/did-the-u-s-underestimate-north-koreas-weapons-program-its-not-that-simple/?utm_term=.bc2090062503
    The American scientist who’s seen North Korea’s nuclear secrets (CBS News “60 Minutes”, Jan 14, 2018) https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-american-scientist-whos-seen-north-korea-nuclear-secrets/ “It may mostly be propaganda when North Korea boasts about its nuclear capabilities, but one American says to be careful not to underestimate the country’s power.”

  6. Salonière says:

    “The details of how Michael Wolff penetrated the White House are the most damning of all” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/01/17/the-details-of-michael-wolffs-easy-penetration-of-the-white-house-are-the-most-damning-of-all/?utm_term=.57a6ef93f5df
    “Bloomberg News’s Jennifer Jacobs reports that Wolff worked his way into the White House by pitching the book with a laughably misleading working title — “The Great Transition: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration” — and basically stayed there because nobody with any authority thought to question his motives or presence. It’s a spectacular comedy of errors by the White House that would be a lot funnier if this weren’t describing the seat of the federal government of the United States.
    …Are there really no safeguards against Trump being seduced by the siren song of flattery?”

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